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Something is missing from her world.

But she can neither remember nor forget.
Like music from her adolescent days,
its tunes resonates, yet its verses have gone silent.
Like a beast who stalked in her dreams,
its eyes call her, yet its name has been lost.
It's been far too long, but she's back here again.

In a place, When the Past Was Around.



When the Past Was Around tells a bittersweet tale between a girl and a beast in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms from memories and time.

With each clues gathered, puzzles solved, and doors unlocked, the girl will find her way, unraveling the secrets between her and the beast, the secrets which she used to know.

Features

  • A curious girl
  • Owl
  • Hand-drawn art
  • A sweet and peaceful home

This game was part of #MojikenCamp, an internal upgrading program by Mojiken Studio to experiment with how to tell stories or to communicate an experience within the constraint of interactive art medium.



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Art : 
Brigitta Rena - Instagram / Twitter
Pandu Rukmi Utomo - Instagram

Programming :
Dio Als - Instagram / Twitter

Music : 
Masdito "Ittou" Bachtiar - Twitter

Localization :
Michael Stein – German
Hong -gi Lee – Korean
On Takahashi – Japanese 
Javier Cadenas – Spanish
Alexander Preymak – Russian
Christophe Pallarès – French 
Pedro Marques – Portuguese 
Rômulo Wehling Magalhães – Brazilian Portuguese 
Daring Touch – Italian
Ryan Nguyen – Vietnamese

Mojiken Studio  Page / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 
contact@mojikenstudio.com




This game is a demo, there's more to come.

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When The Past Was Around -demo- Windows 64 bit 0.2.8 75 MB
When The Past Was Around -demo- Mac 78 MB
When The Past Was Around -demo- Windows 32 bit 72 MB

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such a fun and cute game :)

Woah... really digging the art style and music of this game, which as of right now is a "taster" for the full experience.

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the art in this is wonderful!

omg I loved this game so fun!

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Great start for you guys! I love it already! I'm looking forward to the full-release version! :)

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I absolutely LOVED everything about this! ESPECIALLY the art! It is just gorgeous all around, with great atmosphere and gameplay. I love love loved it. Can't wait for a longer version, though I thought the demo length was really good and gave you a few levels to get the feel of the game.

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Pros and cons are down below) Check out me vid (the game is the 1st there):


Advantages:

1.  The art style is amazing! Very wholesome and heartwarming! I like the pastel colors you chose especially!

2. The concept of interacting with objects and revealing the story is cool. I love how many little interactable things there are!

Disadvantages:

1. I didn't quite get the story and the... owl? It's not necessarily a disadvantage. It was personally for me. I would like a bit more clarity.

2. The piano puzzle is strange. It has excessive hints that repeat themselves. I think you could do without shapes. It just seems out of the place because you expect something more complicated seing the shapes.

Overall:

I enjoyed this a lot! It was a brief but bright experience that made me smile. Very beautiful! I wish to see more of your works!


Hope my feedback was useful!

What a beautiful experience! I teared up while playing. The art is an absolute delight, music is touching, and the storytelling is great. I look forward to any continuation on this game, and your others!

beautiful

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It was a great game.

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I loved that! Cute, beautiful style and I the visual direction in general. I would totally play the full version of this.

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This reminded me so much of a raven monologue. Going into this one, I had actually forgotten this was the same studio, I played RM for the first time in April of 2018. Playing this gave me a great impression of what this dev team can do. I like the approach both games shared in which the narrative is not told in words but rather in music. Just all around a great work of artistry.  I'd like to wish you luck in your future projects, Team Owl is a great example of how animator giants become popular as well how hard animation can be. Keep making things you love and the rest will follow. 

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What an absolutely gorgeous game! Thanks so much for working in this, I was hooked from beginning to end! Can't wait for a full release!

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oh i hope there will be more! the art is so cute and pretty

Absoulutly amazing! can't wait for more

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A really beautiful demo, can't wait for the full release.

stunning visuals, great game, loved the music. I can't wait until the full release! (●♡∀♡)

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Beautiful narrative and excellent hand draw. The music has a charm, notes of nostalgia. What I liked most, without a doubt, were the drawings, what they express.

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Very beautiful game. 

Do you use GRIS for reference?

thank you for the support!🍂
yes! GRIS is one of our greatest influence as a silent game with great visuals.

Hello.
I played this demo version.

Everything is great in this game!
Everything is great, including pictures and music !!

Although I am writing with the help of Google Translator.
But I want to say this.

Thank you for making this game.

Beautiful. I loved every single moment of this game. Absolutely going to be following your studio!

Really liked this little intro but I really have to warn people about the loud beep in the game. I'm a composer with pretty sensitive hearing and that noise made me have a beep in my ear. Please take note of this!!!!!

Beautiful game, I look forward to playing the full version.

Loved the game!! The music, along with the puzzles were fantastic!!! can't wait to see more :)

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Beautiful game.. I probably ruined it with my weird sense of humor though lol XD

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My experience with Mojiken Studios so far has been one of wonderment, discovery and delight, mixed with a vibrant handful of apprehensiveness and paranoia. When The Past Was Around is no different, a point and click puzzle game about a relationship that came and went.

What we don't know is why it came and why it went, and maybe we don't need to know. All we know is that what happened in between those two points was something wonderful, and perhaps that's why we're stuck thinking about those particular times, only to come back down to earth with a bump in the end.

Gameplay-wise, this is a great little scenery exploration game with some puzzles added to the mix, which aren't super hard to overcome, but give the game a bit more of a challenging aspect.

The whole thing is so pretty to look at, with breathtaking visuals and a melodious soundtrack. Everything I've come to expect from these devs and I honestly can't wait to see what they do next!

Please give this game a playthrough, you really won't regret it! =)

I absolutely loved this. I Can't wait to see more. Great job!

Thank you for the beautiful experience! Feel free to use my content :) Can't wait to play more of your games. 

Beautiful game, totally my type of point-and-click style. Not too complicated, but very easy to follow. Can't wait for the full release.

In the meantime, here's a gameplay that I did, check it out!

Wonderful little gem!

Beautiful art and music with some hidden clues of theme in the environment, but not that many in the gameplay itself. Looking forward to the full version!

This is such a beautiful game. I love point and clicks. The art style is so refreshing, the music was so relaxing. I can't wait to play the whole thing! I can't wait to see more from you.

The game was so relaxing to play and i also love the art style of the game, the music was great. Can't wait for the completion of the game. Keep up the good work! 

AHHHHH. It's so goooooood ^^

🎀 A BEAUTIFUL POINT & CLICK GAME! | When the Past Was Around Demo Full Gameplay Walkthrough

This was such a cute game.  I loved this demo, the art style was what first got my attention, and then the music kicked in and I found it wonderful.  Great job on this demo you guys made an awesome sample  to a game that I can't wait to see completed!  

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This is gorgeous! This reminds me so much of the Rusty Lake series, without the creepy puzzles and story. The puzzles are great, the story is neat, and music is mellifluous. I can’t see the full version! 

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A very promising demo, can't wait to see the full product! The art style and the music are beautiful. 

Although the story is vague, the environments give a peek into the situation step by step, through atmosphere rather than through dialog. The puzzles are logical and I suspect they will connect more with the narrative in the full version.  

I made a let'splay video, please let me know if you have any objections :)

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Whoa ! I loved it ! Such a nice demo ! Looks like Rusty Lake without the creepy things :D !

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